December 2014 - Coral Princess to Panama Canal, Central America
This was our first PRINCESS cruise. We were a little disappointed in the food. It was nothing sensational and they seemed to repeat the menu often. The ART exposition was not organized, but had a delightful director who knew his stuff. I had won a free picture but was treated totally with no respect and I just simply never went back nor chose my free print. The service on the ship was very good. We did enjoy the calibre' of the cruisers. We felt the entertainment , i.e., with live shows to be a disappointment. The daily "craft events" were not very enticing and had one teacher that bordered on rudeness. We will not be returning, but will go back to our favorite, CELEBRITY. The Panama Canal and other destinations were good. We recommend the land adventures for the Canal for the "Past, Present and Future". It gives a great overview of the entire process. Also of interest for women is shopping on the ship. They have a limited line and used one of the dining rooms to haphazardly display the $10.00 line from Bijoux Turner. They advertised up to 75% off on the last cruise day and it was a total disappointment as the most discounted was about 40% and some discounted none. All in all the itinerary of PANAMA was excellent. Oh, beware on the Panama Day there was total DYSFUNCTION LACK OF PLANNING AFTER THE SIDE TRIPS...people were dropped off at the cruise (dirty) terminal to await the arrival of the Princess from the Canal to pick us up. Many sat on floors for over 3 hours with not water or a/c...and when the ship arrived it was like a mob scene with folks almost getting trampled, tempers flaring, etc. The ship should have refuned some of the fee for this ordeal. Hope this does not dampen your decision. You will love the cruise locations...just don't have high hopes for a touch of luxury.